Lt. Colonel Gerald Cecil Weeks, 45, of North Port, NY, a veteran of three wars, World War Ii, Korean and Vietnam was killed Veteran's Day, November 11, while on the job as a test pilot for the Federal Aeronautics Administration, with headquarters in New York City. Weeks and an instrument man crashed in a wooded area of Pennsylvania as they were about ready to land at Allentown.
Weeks was born at Grant, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Weeks of Grant, September 23, 1925. He graduated from then Elliott High School and entered the U.S. Air Force upon graduating, where he served 25 years, retiring in 1968.
He was married to Carole Bass of Red Oak who survives. He is also survived by five sons, Gregory, employed in Chicago; Douglas, a senior at the Univ. of Ill; Kenneth, student at the Univ. of W.V. ; Randy and Billy at home and a daughter, Susie, also at home. Other survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Weeks of Grant, five brothers, and eight sisters.
Funeral Services were held at 1 o'clock, Monday, November 16, at North Port, NY with full military honors and burial was in a Military cemetery there.
The Villisca Review, Villisca, Iowa, Thursday, November 26, 1970.
GERALD CECIL WEEKS
He was the second child and son born to Edith (Ator) and Edward Weeks on September 24, 1925 in Cass County near Grant, Iowa. His rural education in Adams County was in Lincoln and Douglas Townships, followed by two years at Carbon High School, graduating from Elliott. Further education included an Engineering Degree at Iowa State, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from McKendee College, and a BA in Aeronautical Engineering from Illinois University. He joined the Air Force at seventeen, served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, received twenty three decorations including the Silver Star and earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Gerald married CaroleBass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bass of Red Oak on March 21, 1947, and their six children. He died on November 11, 1970 as a result of a plane crash near Allentown, Pennsylvania while employed as a test pilot by Federal Aviation Administration during which time he tested President Nixon's plane. He is buried at Long Island National cemetery in New York.
By Betty Reichardt, Gerald's sister
IOWA LT COL US AIR FORCE WORLD WAR II KOREA VIETNAM SS - AM & 9 OLC ARCOM - AFCM
Carole P. Bass Bonsall
1925–2005 (m. 1947)
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